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October 28-31


Día de Los Muertos at Nueva photo courtesy Nueva

Día de los Muertos and Halloween at Nueva

Oct. 29-31. Kick-start your holiday weekend at Nueva with food and drink specials during brunch and dinner, in celebration of Día de los Muertos and Halloween. The festively decorated cantina will offer cocktail specials—Flaming Margaritas, Tequila Vampire, Mezcal Mummy and Zombie Cocktails—plus live tunes spun by DJs on Friday and Saturday night, as well as during weekend brunch. Pair your drinks with chefs Abgaryan and Paiz’s pan de muerto and pumpkin tacos with pumpkin-seed salsa. F 4-11 p.m., Sa 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 822 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, 310.747.6050. nuevavenice.com

PCH Movies & Movies with Fall Film Series photo courtesy The ACE Agency

PCH Movies & Moonlight’s Fall Film Series  

Oct. 29-Nov. 12. Bundle up and get cozy for the return of PCH Movies and Moonlight with a fall series lineup on Friday nights at 2ND & PCH. Projected on a 32-foot inflatable movie screen, this week’s feature is Disney’s Coco with Día de los Muertos celebrations before the show starting at 4 p.m. The series continues with The Nightmare Before Christmas (Nov. 5) with appearances from beloved characters Jack and Sally at 5 p.m., and then the musical hit Mamma Mia! (Nov. 12). Movies begin at 6 p.m. Free with self-seating and heaters available. 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, 424.217.2337. 2ndandpch.com

Halloween Weekend

Boonion Station 2021 photo courtesy Union Station

Boonion Station

Oct. 30-31. Bring the kiddos (in their Halloween costume, of course) to watch the iconic Union Station South Patio transform into Boonion Station, a free family-friendly Halloween hoopla in DTLA. Walk through this Halloween village featuring delightfully devilish activities for families including a fuzzy spider forest, Halloween crafts, tarantula tattoos and mad scientist slime sessions. Additional activities include a cobweb craft corner, a Day of the Dead destination, and a host of stilt walkers and Halloween characters. Two sessions per day: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. 800 N. Alameda St., downtown. unionstationla.com

STK's Green Goblin cocktail photo courtesy STK

Boos & Booze Brunch at STK

Oct. 30-31. The swanky steakhouse is offering Halloween brunch this weekend—indoors and on the outdoor patio—featuring specialty libations, desserts, costume contests for guests and staff, and DJs on both days. Try the Green Goblin cocktail (pictured) with Grey Goose vodka, jalapeño, basil leaves and lime juice; or the popular Junk Chalice is back—an ice cream sundae with candy, brownies, popcorn, chocolate, caramel-and-vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream and cotton candy. Reservations recommended. See website for hours. 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 310.659.3535. stksteakhouse.com

Deadly Nightshade cocktail at Conservatory Halloween 2021 photo credit Lisa Beaumont

Conservatory’s Creepy Carnival

Oct. 30. Eat, drink and be scary at Conservatory West Hollywood’s Creepy Carnival! On the eve of Halloween, the restaurant will be feature DJ Aaron Colbert spinning tunes, “Dinner and a Reading” (tarot, psychic, for $10 per), festive decor and other specialties. Don’t miss out on the signature Halloween-themed cocktails including Deadly Nightshade (pictured), Hellfire, Love Potion No. 9, Vampire’s Kiss, Weird Science Shots, Poison Apple Punch and Hair of the Devil. 6-11 p.m. 8289 Santa Monica blvd., West Hollywood, 323.654.0020. conservatoryweho.com

Two kids dressed a mummies for Halloween photo by Daisy Anderson via Pexels

Trick-or-Treat at Grand Central Market

Oct. 31. Have a boo-tiful time with the entire family at Grand Central Market for trick-or-treating fun throughout the market, and hang around for dinner. Guests are welcome (and encouraged!) to come dressed in their best costume and let the kiddos (age 10 and younger) collect candy from Grand Central Market vendors starting at 4 p.m. After the fun, stick around to feed the hungry crew at one of the many on-site eateries. 4-9 p.m. 317 S. Broadway, L.A., 213.359.6007. grandcentralmarket.com

Food + Drink

Oaxacan Banana Hammock cocktail made by Amanda "Sassy" Sasser photo courtesy The CanTiki

The CanTiki

Opens Oct. 29. Shake up your Friday with the grand opening of Glendale’s new cantina-style cocktail bar (with tiki flair). Mixologist, bartender and spirits professional Amanda “Sassy” Sasser and partners—The Buckhead Group and Knitting Factory Entertainment—opens the space, which features a piano, stage, DJ booth, and a fully plant-based menu offering draft cocktails such as scorpion bowls and “LA River Waters.” On opening night, don your best costume and look forward to DJ Dik Payne spinning tropical Halloween tunes, treats and a few surprises. W-Su 5 p.m.-close. 1300 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. More Info

Black Truffle Gnocchi with mushroom and crispy chicken skin at Fellow photo courtesy Fellow

New Fall Menu Items at Fellow

Now Available. Westwood’s contemporary fine dining concept from restaurateur Philip Camino of Camino Industries presents new fall menu items as it celebrates a recent Plate recognition from Michelin Guide. Indulge in new dishes such as Hamachi Crudo with apple, horseradish, and sorrel; Marinated Heirloom Tomato Salad with togarashi and shiso; Black Truffle Gnocchi (pictured) with mushroom and crispy chicken skin; and Poached Apple with miso caramel, oats, and fenugreek ice cream. W-Sa 5-11 p.m. 1071 Glendon Ave., L.A., 310.208.1071. fellow.la

Arts + Culture

The TL Collective photo courtesy TL Collective

The TL Collective at The Wallis

Oct. 29-30. The TL Collective, founded by trailblazing dancer and choreographer Micaela Taylor, makes its Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts debut with a program showcasing two of her powerful works—Drift and ‘90Sugar—in a two-night engagement in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. The highly regarded L.A.-based dance company is known for its eclectic fusion of contemporary dance and hip-hop, with elements of groove and athleticism. 7:30 p.m. $29-$79.  9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000. thewallis.org

Spinx Virtuosi photo credit Nan Melville

Sphinx Virtuosi at Colburn School

Oct. 30. The Colburn School and the Sphinx Organization, a Detroit-based non-profit organization composed of the nation’s top Black and Latinx classical soloists, presents a special performance by Sphinx Virtuosi at Colburn School’s Zipper Hall. The musicians performing include Xavier Foley, Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, Guido López-Gavilán and Ginastera. This partnership is aimed at creating new opportunities on the West Coast for emerging young Black and Latinx musicians and arts professionals. 7 p.m. $15, $30. 200 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 213.621.1050. colburnschool.edu

Photo credits: Conservatory by Lisa Beaumont. Trick-or-treat by Daisy Anderson via Pexels. Spinx Virtuosi by Nan Melville. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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